Modern Apprentice Aidan Maguire is constructing a great career for himself at East Dunbartonshire Council and has been short-listed for this year’s local authority apprentice/trainee of the year APSE Scotland award.
A second year modern apprentice in construction management, Aidan is combining on-the-job experience with studies at South Lanarkshire College. He is also an ambassador for modern apprenticeships, representing East Dunbartonshire Council at job fayres and school leaver events and is involved in the 2050 Climate Group Young leaders Development Programme.
Since taking up the position in the Major Assets team Aidan has gained hands-on experience in a range of projects, including surveying, reconfiguring of office spaces and investigating flooding issues. He has been involved in the development of Auchinairn Community and Early Learning Centre, a nurture kitchen at Bearsden Primary School and managing the final period for three major assets projects in East Dunbartonshire. At the same time, Aidan is completing an HNC in Construction Management at South Lanarkshire College and his SVQ Level 3 Built Environment award.
Being shortlisted for the award has been a great boost for Aidan, who is thoroughly enjoying his career so far. He said, “Following in the footsteps of my Dad and Grandad I have always wanted to work in construction and when I left school I completed an NPA in Construction and an NC and HNC in Building Services Engineering. I felt that university wasn’t for me and I feel I have definitely made the right choice in pursuing a modern apprenticeship. I could not be happier in my job and I would encourage anyone considering a modern apprenticeship to go for it. It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on experience whilst continuing your studies.”
He continued, “My goal is to become an experienced and skilled Project Manager, to have a positive impact on communities and the environment and continue to work hard and make my family proud.”
Joint Council Leader, Vaughan Moody, believes Aidan is thoroughly deserving of the APSE award he said, “I am delighted Aidan is being recognised for all his hard work and success since taking up his modern apprenticeship with East Dunbartonshire Council. Aidan has impressed work mentors, college lecturers and colleagues with his relentless enthusiasm and commitment and I wish him all the very best at the APSE awards in February.”